Decision-making in model construction: Unveiling habits

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serval:BIB_22D6746B6F75
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Publications
Title
Decision-making in model construction: Unveiling habits
Journal
Environmental Modelling & Software
Author(s)
Babel Lucie, Vinck Dominique, Karssenberg Derek
ISSN
1364-8152
Publication state
Published
Issued date
24/07/2019
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
120
Pages
104490
Language
english
Abstract
The first stages of the modeling process remain thus far poorly studied, in particular the modeler’s decision-making in regard to the inclusion and representation of environmental phenomena within the model. Anchoring itself in the theoretical and methodological framework of Science and Technology Studies, the present study aims at identifying and retracing the origin of the modeler’s choices. Extensive, semi-constructed interviews were conducted with European and North American modelers in a variety of disciplines within Earth and Universe sciences. The outcome of the interviews sheds light on the role of different actors in transferring choices progressively incorporated in the modelers’ practice, up to becoming self-evident. We introduce and engage the sociological concept of habits as an additional layer of analysis. Modeling habits can contribute to efficiency and expertise – provided their origin, epistemic load and implications in regard to collectives are assessed.
Keywords
Ecological Modelling, Environmental Engineering, Software
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